NEW ALBANY, IN, (Dec. 5, 2013) – Indiana University Southeast is operating at a normal status after reports of an armed individual on campus earlier today.
At 2:48 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, a student witness called IU Southeast Campus Police to report seeing an armed man on campus.
The campus followed emergency procedures and notified all students, faculty and staff through the IU Notify emergency communication. The emergency communication was delivered via email, text message, voice message, and social media.
The original alert stated that “There is a report of an armed individual at large on campus. If you are on campus, trust your instincts and take safe shelter in the nearest available room and lock the door, if possible. Remain in place until the police, or a campus administrator known to you, gives the “all clear.” Call local or campus 911 if you have information about the suspect. If you are not on campus, stay away. Follow instructions from university officials or local authorities. For additional information and updates, stay tuned to local media.”
The campus was secured by campus police with support from local law enforcement agencies. No shots were fired. No injuries were reported. Within 45 minutes the police investigation was completed, and it was determined that there was no threat to campus.
The subject and weapon in question was determined to be a student who brought a hand-gun style BB gun to campus to use as a prop for a theater class.
The campus issued an all clear message via IU Notify that stated: “IU Southeast All clear: Subject identified and there is no threat to campus. The initial alert is lifted and campus has returned to a normal status.”